If you have the free version of AVG installed on your computer, we encourage you to thoroughly read the notice sent to you by AVG. For a TL:DR version, please reference this recent article published by PCMag.com. We’ve posted the article below, or you can click this link to see the full article from their site which will open in a new window.
by David Murphy
We’ll give security firm AVG a little credit: At least it isn’t trying to be deceptive about what it might do with your data. Unfortunately, its updated plan to collect your browser history (and a list of any searches you’ve made while using said browser)—”non-personal data,” as the company describes—does leave some users of its free apps a bit skeptical.
“We collect non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free, including:
- Advertising ID associated with your device
- Browsing and search history, including meta data
- Internet service provider or mobile network you use to connect to our products
- Information regarding other applications you may have on your device and how they are used.”
AVG also notes that it might anonymize and aggregate data that it would otherwise consider to be personally identifying for individual users.
“Those users who do not want us to use non-personal data in this way will be able to turn it off, without any decrease in the functionality our apps will provide. While AVG has not utilised data models to date, we may, in the future, provided that it is anonymous, non-personal data, and we are confident that our users have sufficient information and control to make an informed choice,” an AVG spokesperson told Wired.